Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Information
The Kingston City School District will host two separate days of Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 on July 17th and July 18th at Dietz Stadium. This is to ensure the health and safety of our students and their families. To follow Governor Cuomo's graduation guidelines, we have developed a schedule and system to accommodate our graduating class. All participants are required to wear a mask and should practice social distancing measures.
Each graduating senior may bring 2 guests and should arrive at Dietz Stadium shortly before their scheduled start time.
Lifetouch will be at each ceremony to photograph our graduates.
All participating students must wear their cap and gown. If you are no longer able to attend the ceremony or you need to order a cap and gown, please contact Rachael Scorca at (845) 943-3711.
July 17th 9 AM: Ackerman-Boice
July 17th 1030 AM: Boler-Coddington
July 17th 12 PM: Coffey-Dyer
July 17th 130 PM: Ector-Gregory
July 17th: 3 PM: Groppuso-Katz
July 18th 9 AM: Kearney-Martinez
July 18th 1030 AM: Mayo-Palmer
July 18th 12 PM: Parker-Sanchez
July 18th 130 PM: Schmidt -Thompson
July 18th: 3 PM: Townsend-Zuniga
Important Communication for the Class of 2020
The Kingston City School District is committed to the health and safety of our students and their families. We are also held to the regulations and guidelines set forth by both the state and county Department of Health.
Due to recent events at Horace Greeley High School in Westchester County, Governor Cuomo is reinforcing graduation regulations put in place statewide. Following Greeley’s ceremony on June 20th, positive cases of COVID-19 increased, causing concern that we are actively following.
At this time, the district is assessing and considering all options that will provide the safest environment for our students, families and staff. More information about the final plans for July 17th will be provided early next week.
Secondly, we are aware of the dissatisfaction with the virtual graduation video and apologize for the technical difficulties, poor sound quality, and any students who were missing from the production. We are currently working to secure a professional video editor to assist us in fixing the video and plan to release a new version for our seniors as soon as possible. We have a meeting scheduled for next week to start the process and look forward to having a professionally edited video for everyone.
For now, please be well, stay safe, and stay tuned.
Cap/Gown Pick Up & Senior Send-OffDecorate your car! Decorate yourself! Say goodbye to staff and get your graduation gear!
When: Wednesday June 17th, 12-2 PM.What to Expect: KHS Staff to cheer you on as you drive/walk to get your cap and gown. Feel free to decorate your car! We will also have markers and paper available for you to make a sign for your car on your way up to get your cap and gown!
Where: KHS Front Entrance.If you are driving, you will access the event from Andrew's St. and use the student entrance by the tennis courts. There will be staff directing traffic.If you are walking, you can access from Broadway and walk between the main building and the East Building.Ordering:If you still need to order a cap and gown, you can do so Monday June 15th between 12-2. There will be last minute sales available at the send off. The cost is $38.88. Checks to KHS Class of 2020 or exact change.Questions? Reach out to a Class of 2020 team member
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!
May 20, 2020
Dear Class of 2020 and families,
I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe. I know there are many people in the community who are wondering about this year’s graduation ceremony and the events we have planned for our senior class. A week ago, the District and High School began meeting with senior class officers, parents, teachers, administrators and board members to discuss and plan for graduation. It was decided that a survey would go out to the Class of 2020 as well as parents to gather input on the options that were discussed. We continue to work hard to plan for many different events our seniors deserve and we want to provide for them. Please know that KCSD and KHS are deeply saddened by the fact that the Class of 2020 has already missed out on so many events which they looked forward to for years. To that end, we are doing whatever we can to ensure the Class of 2020 has as many senior experiences as possible, given the current public health crisis.
This infographic explains some of the events that we currently have planned for our seniors; including the distribution of Class of 2020 lawn signs, a virtual senior awards ceremony, a “Senior Send-Off” at Kingston High School, a virtual graduation ceremony, and the possibility of a later date for a ceremony where students will be able to physically walk across the stage.
We realize there is no substitute for an in-person graduation ceremony and know that graduation is an important milestone for every student. We know how much the students and their families look forward to that day. Traditions are important. Therefore, I must clarify the scenarios we’re discussing within our community regarding graduation. It is my hope that you will understand the circumstances and restrictions we are under and must follow when making our decisions.
The continuing directive from Governor Cuomo is unfortunately out of our control and mass gatherings are not allowed. As you are all aware, our county is still under the NYS on PAUSE mandates. As such, we will not be allowed to hold an in-person ceremony of any kind in June.
We are working on a virtual graduation ceremony for June 26th. We did not want this day to come and go without recognizing our seniors. We also plan to hold an in-person ceremony later, possibly in August, should the guidelines set by the state and local officials allow for it. Again, this situation is very uncertain and fluid. I do not want to promise something that may not be allowed to happen.
The health and safety of our families continues to be our number one priority and we do not want to host an event that may compromise anyone’s well-being. Please be assured that we will keep everyone up to date as more information becomes available. It is our hope that we will be able to eventually celebrate our seniors in person. We continue to think of you during this time and are doing everything in our power to make graduation day as special as we can.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Vincent R. DeCicco
Kingston High School
Class of 2020 Senior Sign Delivery
Class of 2020 Slideshow
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Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al (845) 943-3663.